Big love ni Binibini 1 Stacey Daniella Gabriel ang pag-aartista. Passion niya ang acting mula pagkabata.
“I grew up a theater kid. So, even if my mom could barely make ends meet, she made sure that she had a budget to send me to acting workshops,” kuwento ng 24-anyos na si Stacey kamakailan via Zoom.
“Because she knew that would make me a more empathetic, compassionate human being.
“And I absolutely fell in love with the craft. Our deal was, ‘When you graduate high school, you can spread your wings and perhaps sign with an agency, and have more liberty in terms of pursuing this dream.’
“So, as soon as I graduated high school, I took as many acting workshops as I could.
“It led me to a few potential managers but ultimately I signed with Viva and worked for them for five years.
“And that was an absolute thrill. My first ever recurring role was Luna Sangre on ABS-CBN. Isa po akong bampira.
“And just my luck, I was along side Bea Rose Santiago, our Miss International, and MJ Lastimosa, our Miss Universe Philippines who finished in the Top 10.
“So, they were the first two people from the pageantry world that truly planted that seed of, ‘Maybe you should join.’
“I was a baby back then. I was 19…”
Lumabas din si Stacey sa FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.
Habang nadaragdagan ang experiences niya sa buhay at sa showbiz ay kasabay niyon ang kanyang emotional maturity at pagiging ready sa pageantry.
Pagpapatuloy ni Stacey, “The Lord just brought various people throughout different phases of my life.
“So, obviously when Bea and MJ said that, it was you know in the back of my mind, ‘That’s cute!'’
“But I didn’t really know that… I wasn’t familiar with the full picture of what pageantry actually entails.
“Of course, I’ve been a pageant fan all my life but my focus, my heart, my whole heart was in acting.
“And I was determined to make my impact. So, fast forward to last year… we hosted the first people, first family we ever hosted since the pandemic, at home since the onset of COVID — the Muhlach family, Tita Almira Muhlach and her daughter Illa.
“Ate Yssa [Alyssa Muhlach] couldn’t make it but she sent Illa with a message for me. Sabi nila, ‘Hindi kami andito para makikain. Nandito kami para hikayatin kang sumali sa pageantry.’
“So, that was the running theme for the entire dinner, ‘We’re here to urge you to join. You have to join!’
“And at the time I was in the depth of depression. My confidence had plummeted. I just had no belief in myself. My self-image was at an all-time low and I thought, ‘Hmmn, this is not for me right now.’
“But you know, since that dinner… Illa and Ate Yssa who won Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas in 2018, you know, would message me and message me and message me, you know, with words of encouragement.
“And finally when I felt as though I was more mentally and emotionally ready, I asked Tita Ruffa Gutierrez who’s a friend of my mom, to connect me with Aces and Queens.
“With her help, and also Ate Yssa’s help, I was able to meet Tito Gerry [Diaz] of Aces and Queens, and we had a lunch. And it was the same story.
“He convinced me, sort of nanliligaw po si Tito Gerry, e, whenever he meets a potential candidate. There’s an art, there’s a method to it, you know where he gives the lowdown.
“He instills the belief in us, that confidence in us. And from that meeting, literally the next day I went to an Aces and Queens screening to meet the rest of the team, and to get their blessing, to get their approval to join the team.
“And the day after that, I went to my first formal training…
“The reason I finally considered pageantry with my whole heart, with my whole mind into this journey, is because you know the pandemic held a mirror against humanity.
“You know, we couldn’t do all at home, we couldn’t escape our traumas, escape our troubles, our struggles.
“Though I was sort of forced to reframe and redefine what happiness and what success meant to me, and ultimately I realized it’s not fame, it’s not money that I can spend my whole life.
“Just acting, hmmn, and advocating for those whose voices have been silent, I will be a happy woman.
“And when it dawned on me throughout my own self-discovery, pageantry is essentially acting meets advocacy — that instantly electrified me.”
Maliban kay Binibini 1 Stacey Daniella Gabriel (Cainta, Rizal), abang-abang din syempre tayo sa kapalaran nina Binibini 7 Graciella Sheine Lehmann (Oriental Mindoro) at Binibini 8 Herlene Nicole Budol (Angono, Rizal) sa 58th edition ng Binibining Pilipinas.
Kaninong rampa kaya ang mas mahiwaga — ang Tikbalang Walk ni Graciella, o ang Hipon Walk ni Nicole?
Ngingiti kaya ang Lady Luck sa konteserang si Binibini 17 Chelsea Fernandez (Tacloban City)?
Aba, malakas din ang hatak nina Binibini 23 Nicole Borromeo (Cebu), Binibini 40 Roberta Tamondong (San Pablo City, Laguna), Binibini 28 Gabrielle Basiano (Borongan, Eastern Samar), Binibini 6 Elda Louise Aznar (Davao del Sur), at Binibini 5 Karen Laurrie Mendoza (Iloilo City).
Marami-rami rin ang pumupusta kina Binibini 34 Christine Juliane Opiaza (Zambales), Binibini 35 Diana Mackey (Nueva Ecija), Binibini 25 Anna Valencia Lakrini (Bataan), at sa pinakamatangkad sa batch na si Binibini 26 Cyrille D. Payumo (Porac, Pampanga).
At any rate, apat na titulo ang paglalabanan ng 40 kandidata sa coronation night ng Binibining Pilipinas 2022 bukas, Hulyo 31, Linggo ng 10:00 p.m. sa Kapamilya Channel, Metro Channel, A2Z, iWantTFC, at TV5.
Kokoronahan ng reigning queens na sina Hannah Arnold, Samantha Panlilio, Cinderella Obenita, at Maureen Montagne ang mga susunod na Bb. Pilipinas International, Bb. Pilipinas Grand International, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental, at Bb. Pilipinas Globe.
Hosts sina Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray at Miss Grand International 2016 first runner-up Nicole Cordoves.
Live Chat hosts sina Miss Grand International 2020 1st runner-up Samantha Bernardo at kapwa Pinoy Big Brother alum na si Edward Barber.
Panauhin si Maymay Entrata at ang SB19.
Ipapalabas din ang timpalak sa iWantTFC at sa YouTube channel ng Binibining Pilipinas.
Sana’y bumuti-buti na ang panahon bukas sa Binibining Pilipinas Coronation Night dahil parang naging masungit ngayong buong araw ng Sabado na natapat pa naman sa GMA Thanksgiving Gala, 70th FAMAS Awards Night, tribute to Queen of Visayan Movies Gloria Sevilla, at concert ni Rachel Alejandro.
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